Consider Soapstone Countertops When Remodeling Your Kitchen

Soapstone is a beautiful natural stone that has been used as a countertop material for a long time. Though granite and marble have risen to popularity and are more commonly used, soapstone is an excellent countertop material that should be considered during your next kitchen remodel.  It has a unique milky appearance because the stone contains a large amount of talc.  The specific amount of talc varies and the more talc present, the more soft the stone is.  The rustic, natural look is extremely beautiful and unique, making it a popular feature in many home design and decor publications.

Soapstone, like every countertop material, has advantages and disadvantages. Soapstone is naturally non-porous which makes it an extremely hygienic countertop material because it does not harbor bacteria.  This also means it does not need to be sealed, unlike some other natural stone countertop materials, and is very easy to clean.  It is also one of the most heat-resistant stone materials so you never have to worry about putting your hot pans down right on your countertop.

Because it is a softer stone, though, it can be more susceptible to things like scratches and chips.  You should never cut directly on soapstone because it will definitely leave behind scratches.  Additionally, the stone naturally darkens as it ages and it can darken unevenly.  Some people love the natural patina look of soapstone but if you prefer for it to darken evenly, you will need to treat it regularly with mineral oil.  Soapstone makes a show-stopping addition to any kitchen so consult an expert to determine if it’s right for your home.